Companies find ways to skirt campaign finance laws

May 02, 2012

Your recent article about corporate contributions to candidates is worth reading ("O'Malley weighs donor changes," April 30). However, the practice of big business being involved behind the scenes is not new.

Companies with employees having expense accounts in the past have "suggested" they send personal checks for themselves and wife and carry the amount on their expense accounts showing entertainment (dinner) with clients or customers.

If employees were limited by budget restrictions in the amount that could be submitted on the expense account, it was waived to accommodate the "contribution."

When it is in a company's best interests, they will find a way to get around the law, the general public be damned.

Richard L. Lelonek, Baltimore

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